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Colt: Then & Now

Colt: Then & Now

What do you do after moving to a state where you know no one but your husband? You get a dog, of course. Welcome home, Colt!

THEN

Colt

Six short months ago Zack and I brought home our very first animal to make our small, Texas family. Through potty training and teaching commands, Colt has grown up into a beautiful dog that I’m proud to call mine. Even though he has chewed on a couple of shoes. And wakes up at 2 a.m. to play with his squeaker toys. And sleeps on my feet so I can’t move.

When he was around 3-4 months, his ears were only partially up (only the tips fell over). We had discussed taping, but I didn’t want to force it. Then, eventually, they stood up! I think it happened because I kept telling him that he was ugly with those floppy ears, haha!

Colt is half Australian Shepherd and half German Shepherd. He has a very fluffy coat (he feels like fleece) and he constantly is whining. His favorite thing to do during a walk is to find a stick and bring it home, playing with it all the way. That’s my boy!

NOW

Colt on Bed

76 Responses

  1. Oh, my goodness–he is STUNNING! And love his earsssssss πŸ™‚ So cute. HA, my dog sleeps on my feet all the time, too. I always say he’s my heating pad πŸ™‚

  2. Awww! He’s grown up so handsome!! I love it. Our little Harley Girl was not supposed to get any bigger than when we had but she has and it is so amazing to look back on her photos from only a few months ago and see how much she has changed. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Colt with us.

  3. Thank you for sharing him! I moved to my husband’s home state, too (from San Diego…what a change). We had an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler) puppy and unfortunately, he passed away a week ago. Your boy is gorgeous. The Australian breeds are great dogs. Enjoy him!

  4. Oh, my goodness–he is STUNNING! And love his earsssssss πŸ™‚ So cute. HA, my dog sleeps on my feet all the time, too. I always say he’s my heating pad πŸ™‚

  5. So cute dog. Spending time with our dogs can help us feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

    1. Yes, I love having the company of a dog, but he is so whiney that it’s more stress inducing

  6. Awww! He’s grown up so handsome!! I love it. Our little Harley Girl was not supposed to get any bigger than when we had but she has and it is so amazing to look back on her photos from only a few months ago and see how much she has changed. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful Colt with us.

  7. Thank you for sharing him! I moved to my husband’s home state, too (from San Diego…what a change). We had an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler) puppy and unfortunately, he passed away a week ago. Your boy is gorgeous. The Australian breeds are great dogs. Enjoy him!

  8. Awww! He’s adorable! Got so big and even cuter. Pets are great companions and yes, even good to keep you warm on those cold nights!

  9. Squeeee! So cute. My cat has a heating pad at the foot of the bed that she often leaves and goes to sleep on me! lol Pets are so awesome!

  10. So cute dog. Spending time with our dogs can help us feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

    1. He hasn’t chewed in front of us, so I can’t reprimand him on it with the water bottle. I hope I catch him so I can correct his behavior!

    1. He hasn’t chewed in front of us, so I can’t reprimand him on it with the water bottle. I hope I catch him so I can correct his behavior!

    1. I know! We’ve tried to take trips, but feel bad for leaving him in a pet hotel. One night made us feel guilty!

    1. I know! We’ve tried to take trips, but feel bad for leaving him in a pet hotel. One night made us feel guilty!

  11. What a handsome boy! Oh man, his ears do stand up pretty, but I am a sucker for big floppy ears! I think they are so cute! We have a rescue dog that is part Shepard and I swear, she is the softest dog that I have EVER touched!

  12. Oh he is so sweet. I love him already. We do lots of animal rescue work at our farm and it warms my heart that you two found each other. Lives are so much better when we have our fur babies to love. They are truly special.

    1. Aww, that sounds amazing to be around so many animals! I have a friend who grew up on a farm – they have lots of kittens that they take care of and adopt out.

  13. What a handsome boy! Oh man, his ears do stand up pretty, but I am a sucker for big floppy ears! I think they are so cute! We have a rescue dog that is part Shepard and I swear, she is the softest dog that I have EVER touched!

  14. Oh he is so sweet. I love him already. We do lots of animal rescue work at our farm and it warms my heart that you two found each other. Lives are so much better when we have our fur babies to love. They are truly special.

    1. Aww, that sounds amazing to be around so many animals! I have a friend who grew up on a farm – they have lots of kittens that they take care of and adopt out.

  15. What a beautiful dog. I guess I would also get a dog when in a situation like that. Colt seems like a super nice dog. I also love his ears and the mix of colors.

  16. Pets become a part of your family & infact they become an important partner when you don’t have much contacts outside. Colt looks adorable and I am glad you have him with you who could bring some happiness all around the day!!

    1. Aww, I don’t think it was really right for us to get him (we don’t have a yard since we’re in an apartment), but we did and we love him. He’s so smart that we got through potty training quickly and I try to teach him new things

    1. Aww, I don’t think it was really right for us to get him (we don’t have a yard since we’re in an apartment), but we did and we love him. He’s so smart that we got through potty training quickly and I try to teach him new things

  17. Awww! He’s adorable! Got so big and even cuter. Pets are great companions and yes, even good to keep you warm on those cold nights!

  18. Squeeee! So cute. My cat has a heating pad at the foot of the bed that she often leaves and goes to sleep on me! lol Pets are so awesome!

    1. My mom took my cat when I moved because he has lived there for four years already. I miss my kitty!

  19. Pets become a part of your family & infact they become an important partner when you don’t have much contacts outside. Colt looks adorable and I am glad you have him with you who could bring some happiness all around the day!!

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